Stephanie Walker.Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling.Reg.MBACP
Has something happened in your life which you are feeling unable to deal with? Is this life event impacting on other areas of your life? Are you finding it increasingly difficult to function?
Talking about what has happened with me can be of great benefit for you because counselling can help you to work through your emotions in connection with the event and in time gain a different perspective and choose how to respond to what has happened in your life.
Dealing with Bereavement and Grief
I specialise in Bereavement and Grief work.Loss is part of all our lives, how we respond and deal with our losses is a choice. Loss comes in many different forms and it is not just through death. Loss of a job, health, pet, relationships touches on a few. Sometimes you may need someone just to walk alongside you so you can explore the many different emotions that grief evokes. To help you to navigate your way through some emotions you may have never experienced before but at the same time are perfectly normal.
My practice takes place in Milnsbridge, Huddersfield West Yorkshire. I am now back doing face to face work and Government guidelines and social distancing are all in place.
Fundamentally my approach is Person Centred. My aim is to build a trusting relationship and safe environment where you can explore your emotions and begin the process of change by becoming self aware and understanding yourself more which leads to experimenting with new behaviours which you learn through the counselling process. All leading to a fulfilling relationship with yourself. Letting go of outdated behavioural patterns.
Creative ways of working in counselling
Counselling shines a light on the more difficult areas of life which perhaps need to be looked at and explored in more fullness and detail.
There are different ways of working in counselling and together we will find a way that is right for you. The counselling relationship is key so it is of great importance for me to help you to feel safe,in a trusting environment so you can explore yourself and what has happened in your life.
I use my skills, knowledge and experience as a counsellor but also my intuition can play a part in the sessions.
I also work well with clients who are experiencing:-
- Low confidence/self-esteem issues
- Stress/anxiety/mild to moderate depression
- Setting boundaries/Knowing your limits
- Learning to be assertive
- Managing your emotions, especially difficult ones
- Managing change/transitions
Counselling asks for your commitment. There is no better investment than your own personal development. Small steps lead to big changes if consistent over time
THE BENEFITS of COUNSELLING
- Self- belief
- Better understanding of self
- Increased self-awareness
- Getting back in touch with your emotional self. Cutting our emotional self off is not healthy long-term
- Learning new, effective coping strategies
- Learning to stand back and respond to situations/people rather than reacting
- Increased tolerance of difficult feelings/situations
- Facing reality, not avoiding
- Learning to negotiate and manage change
- Learning to say no without feeling guilty
- Setting boundaries
- Increased confidence and self-esteem
- A fulfilling relationship with self
- Learning to grieve, let go and come to a place of acceptance
Ask yourself these questions:-
1. Do you feel that you are running into the same problems again and again?
2. Do you think about past traumas for unreasonable amounts of time?
3.Is your work or home life suffering?
4.Do you no longer enjoy things that once gave you pleasure?
5.Do you find yourself drinking/overeating/taking drugs to feel better?
If you answered yes to at least 3 of these questions counselling would really be of benefit for your life.
I offer a free 30 minute consultation to help you decide if counselling is right for you.
You can ring or email me and of course, there is no obligation. Also if you decide to go ahead with counselling you can decide to end your sessions at any time. You are in charge and I go at your pace. I meet you each week wherever you are in your development.
I trust all my clients have their answers within. A successful working alliance and safe environment would be of benefit to anyone struggling with any of the issues that I have mentioned.
Please do not be afraid to contact me if you need to ask any questions.
Myths about counselling
Contrary to societies view on a person seeking counselling being weak, it is quite the opposite and shows immense strength and courage. It shows that that person wants to live a better life, make peace with their past and move forward with new coping strategies and increased self- assurance.
Courage is taking action in spite of fear.
Any questions and/or concerns about counselling then please do ask,your questions are important to me.
Work with employers
I offer a confidential workplace counselling service,usually 6 to 8 sessions. I am looking for a short contract as it is important to build a good working relationship with the employer.
Workplace counselling can potentially be viewed as part of an employers duty of care towards staff well being.
I also offer half day workshops for organisations such as Learning to be Assertive,Emotional Intelligence in the Workplace and a Bereavement Workshop. £450 for 8 delegates.
Please see my website to see the benefits of workplace counselling.
Working with students
If you are on a counselling course and the course requires you to be in personal therapy then I can help with this also.
See the fees section for student rates.
Training, qualifications & experience
Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling (2002-2004) with the University of Leeds
- Bereavement Helpline
- Dewsbury College
- Kirklees Rape and sexual abuse counselling centre
- Dewsbury Hospital,Priestly Unit(Mental Health Unit)
- United Churches Healing Ministry
- Noah's Ark centre Calderdale
- I am on the BACP Counselling Register(Registered Member MBACP) - Certificate number 311856
- I have 7 years post qualifying counselling experience,
- Over 900 face to face counselling hours.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer long term and short term counselling.
From w/c 13th July 2020 I will be able to offer face to face counselling again at UCHM, Milnsbridge, Huddersfield HD3 4LD.
I have space for new clients.
£55 per counselling hour for clients who are in full time employment.
£45 per counselling hour for clients who are in part time employment/low income
My sessions last for one hour per week.
Payment to be made either by bank transfer before the session or at the time of the session(cash or cheque please.)
A 1 hour consultation is £20
£50 per session
Payment can be by cheque,cash,or bank transfer. I do not have a card machine.
Concessions offered for
I hire a room for the counselling work to take place this would be in the Huddersfield area.
Please Email me or leave a message on my phone if you would like to ask any initial questions.
A conversation at this point can be very reassuring.
I appreciate the whole process can be quite daunting especially if you have not experienced counselling before,however taking the first step and being honest with yourself shows tremendous courage and strength.
Male client."Informative,clear,concise,very thought provoking,uplifting and of excellent benefit to me"
Female client. "Counselling has worked. I feel like I can fly. I don't need the safety net now."
Male client. "Thank you so much for the counselling sessions.I was in a confused state at the beginning of the sessions, not understanding my state of mind and my actions. By speaking to you and working through my life I now understand the reasons. I found you very professional and easy to speak to and understanding. As the sessions progressed so did my life for the better,so I thank you.I am 100% happier now and my life is going on an upward course. Thank you."
"To anyone who may want to read this:-"
"I was a normal,happy adult working/family etc when a sudden turn of events sent my life spiralling into which I can only explain as hell. This was a period of real darkness in my life when I could not see any future or to be honest any reason to carry on.
No medication/friends/family or my doctor could get me out of the way I felt. But I really needed help.
I was introduced to Stef who was brilliant. Things had to be taken really slowly with me due to my state of mind. She was professional/caring/patient and honest. Because of Stef she helped me turn a massive corner to getting my life back on track and to realise there is a future.Life throws allsorts of ups and downs at us but I was never prepared for what came my way.
A simple but heartfelt
THANK YOU STEF"
"Thank you so much for all the work you have done with me."
"I found the whole process of counselling supportive but challenging.Stephanie helped me recognise those aspects of my life that were preventing me moving forward in a positive way.This was done with professionalism,care and respect. I now have some tools I can use to raise my awareness of triggers and create balance in my life." Carol
"My counselling with Stephanie has been very enjoyable. It has been very interesting to learn new coping strategies and to develop myself. I now feel a lot better and happier in myself." Tayla Age 15.
"Stephanie has been a huge help to me;building my confidence and making me believe in myself,even helping me to be a better father. I couldn't recommend Stephanie enough and if I feel I need to speak to someone again I'll be making sure it's her. Thank you very much Stef!" Jason Age 30